GRSE Kolkata launches ‘Himgiri’, its 1st Ship of Project 17A
Himgiri, which is the first of the three Project 17A ships being built at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was launched today.
She made her first contact with the waters of Hoogly River at 1:35 PM at the launch ceremony where Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat was the Chief Guest.
In keeping with Naval traditions, Madhulika Rawat, spouse of the CDS launched the ship to the chanting of invocations from the Atharva Veda.
Under the Project 17A program, a total of seven ships, four at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and three ships at GRSE are being built with enhanced stealth features, advanced indigenous weapon and sensor fit along with several other improvements.
Ministry of Defence in a statement said that the launch of ‘Himgiri’ has showcased GRSE’s commitment towards the building of three state-of-the-art warships of P17A for Indian Navy.
Over the years, GRSE has emerged as a leading shipyard having built over 100 ships. The yard has scaled up its infrastructure and skill sets to meet new challenges in building of P17A ships.
P17A ships are the first gas turbine propulsion and largest combat platforms ever built at GRSE. Since its inception, Project 17A has upheld India’s vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat.